Review SACRIFICE (Japan) ‘Total Steel’ – re-issue

Heavy metal and Japan, that is a good combination since decades. There are many European and North American bands that can count on their strong fanbase in the land of the rising sun. Several live albums have been recorded there for a reason, just thing about ‘Made in japan’ from deep Purple.

Secondly many bands call the country in the East their home base with Loudness and Anthem being just two representatives of a vivid metal scene. Another band, hailing from Tokyo, is Sacrifice. The quartet was rather active in the second half of the ‘80s and released at the time three longplayers. The sophomore album ‘Total Steel’ faces these days a re-release that comes via Relics From The Crypt and fans of raw thrash metal shouldn’t miss it.

‘Total Steel’ comprises of nine thrash metal anthems that shine through power and aggressiveness more than by filigree. Reflecting a time when thrash metal was wild and furious, this album showcases in an excellent way that thrash metal was not only a Bay Area, East Coast and Europe thing. Thrash metal is music that units and it’s the sheer riff power that speaks volumes.

‘Total Steel’, a title that sounds bold and fueled by self-confidence, brings it to the point. This longplayer and the nine thrash metal anthems are pure metal that is a sonic hit right in the face. At the same time, Sacrifice isn’t solely focus on short song with a three-minutes limitation. Tracks like the grooving and raw ‘One Night King’ are perfect examples how to keep a six-minute thrash metal hymn exciting throughout.

Another good thing is the sound of the album. ‘Total Steel’ manages to keep the oldschool spirit from the early days. Not being overproduced or soulless, the record has an organic sound from the time, when it originally was released and at the same time doesn’t sound boring or muddy.

‘Total Steel’ is a blast from the heydays of metal and this underground mammoth has nowadays a second chance the reach a wider fanbase since the album is excellent.

Rating: 9 out of 10.


  1. Clumsy Life
  2. Total Steel
  3. Crucifixion
  4. Dancing Death Valley
  5. One Night King
  6. Ins & Outs
  7. Fight to be Free
  8. Don’t Wanna be Back in Black Days
  9. Cold Storm

Label: Relics From The Crypt

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: December 17th, 2021

Photo: Promo (Label)

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